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Thu 13 Dec
Wetland Hike
Thursday, December 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 13 Dec
Wetland Hike
Thursday, December 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 13 Dec
Winter Decorations Workshop
Thursday, December 13, 2018 05:30 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.
Registration: Required
Fri 14 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 14, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Fri 14 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 14, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 15, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 15, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information.
Sat 15 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information.
Tue 18 Dec
Baker Trail Loop
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will start at the nature center and walk the nature trail to the Mud Pond trail to the Western Ridge trail. Then we will connect on the Baker trail. This section will have a bit of an incline to it. We will then connect to the overlook trail back down to the parking lot. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Tue 18 Dec
Baker Trail Loop
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will start at the nature center and walk the nature trail to the Mud Pond trail to the Western Ridge trail. Then we will connect on the Baker trail. This section will have a bit of an incline to it. We will then connect to the overlook trail back down to the parking lot. Rating: Advanced

Registration: Required
Wed 19 Dec
Wetland Trail Hike
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Wed 19 Dec
Wetland Trail Hike
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park educator will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Dec
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

10:00a.m. AND 1:00p.m.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

 

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Dec
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

10:00a.m. AND 1:00p.m.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

 

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, December 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Thu 20 Dec
Lake Bonita Hike
Thursday, December 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Dec
Eagle Watch
Friday, December 21, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Dec
Eagle Watch
Friday, December 21, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Dec
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, December 22, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month's Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Registration: Required
Wed 26 Dec
Moreau Overlook Hike
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert

Registration: Required
Wed 26 Dec
Moreau Overlook Hike
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Dec
High Rock Trail Hike
Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Easter Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $1 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Dec
High Rock Trail Hike
Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a park educator on this new trail. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Easter Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. Please call the park office to make a reservation, 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office. Cost is $1 for children and 62+, $1 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Dec
Paint a Snowy Owl workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, December 27, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join our favorite artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class! Paint a close-up portrait of a majestic snowy owl, a symbol of survival in winter. Learn how to create the texture of feathers on canvas, and capture that steady owl gaze. Students will leave with a completed masterpiece! Space is limited, and program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Materials fee is $10. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child.

Registration: Required
Thu 27 Dec
Paint a Snowy Owl workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, December 27, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join our favorite artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class! Paint a close-up portrait of a majestic snowy owl, a symbol of survival in winter. Learn how to create the texture of feathers on canvas, and capture that steady owl gaze. Students will leave with a completed masterpiece! Space is limited, and program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Materials fee is $10. Please call 518-872-0800 to register your child.

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Dec
Cross Country Ski Trip
Friday, December 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This easy ski will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 29, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Eagle Watch
Saturday, December 29, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park's section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Evergreen Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

While the aroma of balsam is still in the air, take time to appreciate the season’s color- green! We’ll take an easy walk to find several species of conifers and learn how to identify them by their leaves (needles) and cones. Then we’ll warm up at the Nature Center with some hot cocoa and make a simple tree ID guide to take home. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 29 Dec
Evergreen Walk at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

While the aroma of balsam is still in the air, take time to appreciate the season’s color- green! We’ll take an easy walk to find several species of conifers and learn how to identify them by their leaves (needles) and cones. Then we’ll warm up at the Nature Center with some hot cocoa and make a simple tree ID guide to take home. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Welcome the New Year with a walk in the park! If we have enough snow, we'll snowshoe. We'll leave from the Visitor Center and walk for about an hour, taking in views from the escarpment along the way. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Ring in the New Year with a history hike starting at 10:00am on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 around the perimeter of picturesque Peebles Island. Meet at the Peebles Island Visitor Center. The Perimeter Trail is an easy two mile hike.

Learn about the Native American presence on the Island, view existing earthwork fortifications from 1777, and discover the history of this strategic site. Dress for the weather and bring cameras and binoculars for a chance to see wildlife. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public. Please send an email to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com or call (518) 268-2188 with questions.

Registration is not required but an email to the above address with the number of people in your group would help us to plan accordingly.

Check our website for any changes due to the weather: https://sites.google.com/view/friendsofpeeblesisland/home

Registration: Optional
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join park staff on a 2-mile guided hike through the unique natural features of Saratoga Spa State Park and afterwards, relax by the fire sipping hot cocoa in the Creekside Classroom.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Welcome the New Year with a walk in the park! If we have enough snow, we'll snowshoe. We'll leave from the Visitor Center and walk for about an hour, taking in views from the escarpment along the way. Dress in layers and wear warm winter boots. Register and reserve snowshoes by calling 518-872-0800. In case of extreme weather, call the park office at 518-872-1237 to confirm conditions.

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Explore the open fields, and deep forests of Mine Kill State Park. Enjoy views of the Schoharie Valley, the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir, and maybe catch a glimpse of a bald eagle! (Moderate, 3-mile hike)

Hike is rain, snow or shine. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather. Bring your own water, snacks. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Get outdoors to start off the New Year right! Join us for first day hike as we follow the nature trail around Moreau lake and end at the warming hut with refreshments provided by our friends group.

$2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Get outdoors to start off the New Year right! Join us for first day hike as we follow the nature trail around Moreau lake and end at the warming hut with refreshments provided by our friends group.

$2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike- New Years Day BirdingSnowshoe Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

Ring in the new year birding on snowshoes through Crown Point State Historic Site on the shores of Lake Champlain and Bulwagga Bay. Birding led by Stacy and Mark Robinson. Hot cider and cocoa served in the pavilion afterwards. All ages, approximately 90 minutes. Registration required. Email Lisa.polay@parks.ny.gov or call 518-597-4666.

Mark and Stacy Robinson live in Port Henry NY and actively enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and birding. They have found the Crown Point SHS to be a exceptional location to see birds and have observed over 200 species on the property.

The Cornell Lab or Ornithology and the National Audubon Society launched eBird in 2002. eBird is an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers, and amateur naturalists real-time data about bird distribution and abundance. As a citizen-scientist Stacy has contributed over 4,400 checklists, or observations, into eBird's database including some 1,000 photos of 300+ birds species and more than 200 sound recordings.

The New Years Day bird walk may offer sightings of some visiting winter raptors including Bald Eagle and Rough-legged Hawk, songbirds including Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Buntings, or winter finches. Open water will likely host Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and other waterfowl.

Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Come walk our Shaver Pond trail to celebrate the New Year in the outdoors! We will enjoy picturesque views of water and woods on this 2 mile outing, over moderate terrain. Enjoy some hot cocoa and warm up in our Welcome Center after the hike!

Registration: Required
Tue 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 01:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Choose from two different hikes:

Ice House Chimney hike – hike a beautiful, wide, flat, hard packed dirt trail with occasional views of the Hudson River. The destination is 2.5 miles down the Orange trail. The hike will be led by a guide who will share information about the ice industry during the late 1800's. The hike will return to the parking area via the same route.

Campground hike will allow people the opportunity to walk around the campground and down the yellow trail for a short circle back to the main park area. Families with small children and shorted the hike if necessary. The guide for this hike will share information about the park and it's flora and fauna. This hike will last 45 minutes to an hour.

Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided, if weather dictates unsafe conditions than event will be cancelled and posted on the Schodack Island Facebook page. Those planning to go on the 5-mile hike should wear sturdy boots, dress in layers, and carry a water bottle

Sat 12 Jan
Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey
Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join a nationwide citizen science tradition to conduct a survey of bald eagles overwintering at Mine Kill State Park. Meet at the Park Office at 11am.